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Swiss Watch Makers Announce An Activity Tracking System Designed To Hide Inside Fancy Watches

Alpina-Horological-Smartwatch-AL-285BTD3CD6-21 If you’ve been wondering how Switzerland was going to react to the coming of the Apple Watch, ponder no more: two smaller luxury watch companies, Alpina and Frederique Constant, have added electronic components to otherwise staid analog watches, essentially turning a fancy timepiece into a sort of mechanical Fitbit. The platform, called Manufacture Modules Technologies or MMT, is… Read More

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John Biggs

February 27th

Gadgets

Join Us For Hardware Alley In New York, Won’t You?

calm-hardware We want to see you in New York for Disrupt NY 2015, our annual celebration of all things startup. It’s a great time. You get to meet great funders and VCs and I’d love to meet you. Hardware is my favorite thing in the world and you’re some of my favorite people. Disrupt runs from May 4 to May 6 and will be held at the Manhattan Center in New York City. It’s an amazing… Read More

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John Biggs

February 26th

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MakerBot CEO Moves Into Leadership Role At Parent Company Stratasys

jenny-lawton3 More juggling at MakerBot as current CEO Jenny Lawton moves to Stratasys to become executive vice president Special Projects, a leadership role inside the 3D printer company’s parent. Lawton, who took over from founding CEO Bre Pettis last August, sees the move as an opportunity to take a “strategic global position” in the parent company. “It’s a real opportunity… Read More

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John Biggs

February 24th

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The Fitbit Charge HR Brings Back The Basics

scaled-5083 As a longtime lover of all things Fitbit, I’ve missed the good old days. The bright, readable displays and the little tidbits like a slowly growing flower to indicate progress were a real joy back in 2008 when the company launched onstage at Disrupt. Now, seven years later, after multiple styles and sizes, after the launch of the diminutive Flex and the odd Zip, we come to the Charge HR.… Read More

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John Biggs

February 12th

Gadgets

TC Makers: Inside The IT Room Of A High-Tech Cruise Ship

Quantum Seas Ship Birdseye In order to prevent electrical fires, cables on a ship can’t be spliced. This means that a cable that starts at one end of the massive Quantum Of The Seas, Royal Caribbean’s latest pleasure ship, have to be over 1,139 feet long to reach the other end. That’s a lot of cable and it’s a lot of cable management. Welcome to the world of on-ship IT, a discipline with its… Read More

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John Biggs

February 12th

Gadgets

Bookniture Is A Book And Also Furniture

39020acafb61439101d1cf1e93ba41d1_large You love books… but you also love places to sit. You’re in a bind. The evil Dictator of your tiny country says you can only one of the two – a book or a chair. What to do? If you have Bookniture, you can thumb your nose right at Generalissimo Alibria’s state photograph and sit on your book. What is this thing? Well, it’s basically a fold-away form of furniture made… Read More

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John Biggs

February 11th

Gadgets

RoboCore Is A Core For Your Robo

9c4953f98b92f09ab5cc21574651f920_large Krakow-based RoboCore has just launched on Kickstarter and is looking for a mere $50,000 to help you build better robots. The device is essentially a brain for your robotic projects. It is compatible with LEGO MindStorms and allows you to control multiple servos and sensors. You can also stream audio and video through the box. You program it via an IDE and then upload instructions… Read More

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John Biggs

February 11th

Gadgets

Voltera, The Electronics Printer, Launches To Much Fanfare

47a87192eacd45a07169117177c9a542_large One of our absolute favorites from the Hardware Battlefield just launched on Kickstarter and they are, if you’ll excuse the cliché, crushing it. The company appeared on our stage at CES 2015 and showed of an early working prototype. Now, however, they’re ready to take orders and start shipping. The printer is essentially a PCB maker. You put in a board, upload a circuit diagram,… Read More

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John Biggs

February 11th

Gadgets

It’s Time To Rethink Our Smart Things

mean-smart-things There was a section so common in big name CES tech presentations that it was almost comical. After announcing some widget or the other, a cheerful CEO would stand on stage and talk about how smart everything would soon become thanks to the SmartAppliance Framework or some such nonsense. The television can talk to the fridge which in turn can tell the washer to turn on. You can connect your… Read More

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John Biggs

February 10th

Gadgets

A Rare Look Inside A Massive Bitcoin Mine

Screen Shot 2015-02-06 at 3.30.43 PM Bitcoin mining is not a pretty business. It requires lots of specialized servers that are essentially unusable for normal computing and lots of cooling. But when you bring thousands of miners together in the same room, things really get ugly. Read More

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John Biggs

February 6th

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